KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- A Malaysian court has dismissed an appeal by three Mexican brothers of their conviction and death sentence for drug trafficking.
The men still have one more opportunity to appeal to Malaysia's highest court after a Court of Appeals on Wednesday rejected their bid to be released.
The Mexicans from Sinaloa state were arrested at a secluded Malaysian drug-making factory in 2008 and said they had been cleaning the place.
Police found more than 29 kilograms (63 pounds) of methamphetamine worth 44 million ringgit ($15 million) at the factory.
Malaysia's High Court convicted them of drug trafficking in May 2012. The crime carries a mandatory penalty of death by hanging.
Defense lawyer Kitson Foong said the men and their family were "keeping their hopes high" that their final appeal will succeed.